Eugene, Ore. - After suffering through a wet and dreary opening day of play, the field at the 2015 Oregon Duck Invitational witnessed a perfect day on the course at the Eugene Country Club on Tuesday, March 24. With the sun shining, senior Byron Meth came up with his best showing of the tournament as the fourth-year ace went two-under with a 70 to push his way into a top-five finish on the leaderboard. As a team, Pacific ended the tournament in seventh place as the Tigers ended their final tuneup tournament before the WCC Championships in April as the top WCC team at the Duck Invitational.
"This was another great test against a really tough field," said head coach Chris Hill. "I was happy with the way we fought through adverse conditions as a final tuneup to the upcoming championships. This was a really good look at what an NCAA Regional would look like for the guys with some of the best teams and individuals from the West in the field."
"For Byron, he was once again right there with the best amateurs in the country in this field. Going into the Masters in two weeks, this was great momentum for him against a really difficult field of competitors. He should be able to build on his work the last two weeks to play some of his best golf in the Masters in early April."
Overall, Pacific went +28 for the two-day tournament, finishing behind the tournament champion and No. 4 ranked Sun Devils of Arizona State who completed play as the lone team under par at -1. The Sun Devils took the top two individual spot in the tournament as well with No. 4 ranked Jon Rahm coming in at -4 overall after posting a -3, 69, on Tuesday afternoon.
For Meth, the senior put himself in contention as he improved with every round in the books in Eugene. After posting a +2, 74 in round one, Meth rebounded with an even-par, 72, in the afternoon on Monday before firing off one of the top rounds of the tournament on Tuesday with his 70. In the final round, Meth came up with four birdies, including a clean back nine that saw the senior shoot three-under on holes nine through 18. The fourth place finish for Meth was his second top-five finish in two weeks after taking second at the Sacramento State Invitational on Tuesday, March 10.
With the completion of the event in Eugene, the Tigers will return home to prepare for the upcoming WCC Championships. The 2015 conference title will be decided at Saticoy Country Club in Somis, Calif. from April 13-14. Last season, Meth claimed the individual title in Pacific's first year as members of the WCC. The Tigers have won three-straight individual conference championships dating back to 2012 while members of the Big West Conference.
|4||Byron Meth (1)||74||72||70||216|
|T22||Drew Bender (3)||76||72||74||222|
|T33||SeungJae Maeng (5)||74||75||76||225|
|T52||Geoff Fry (4)||78||78||73||229|
|T68||Matt Lee (2)||78||79||78||235|